Mini Cheesecake Trial: Success!

Hey Ladies,

So on the weekend my mom, my sister and I did a trail run of my mini cheesecake idea. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that my wedding food is more of a comfort food style rather than traditional wedding food. So for our cake, i wanted something different. Everyone is really on board with the cupcake cake idea, and i was thinking about other things that i could make miniature versions of, and since i have an extreme fondness for cheesecake, it seemed so natural. Plus B has a really limited sweet tooth, and cheesecake is still something he enjoys, so perfect!

I did some googling and found this post by Bakerella: Super Easy Mini Cherry Cheesecakes. Umm? How awesome does that sound?! I especially like the Super Easy part.

So we made some modifications to make them super mini easy cheesecakes (see what i did there?!). I bought some really teeny candy foil cups from the Bulk Store, and i bought some of the bigger 2″ foil cups, I wanted to see which cups were better. We also made our own crust, rather than using the vanilla wafers. This is the recipe we used for the crust. The challenge really came when we were trying to get the crust into the teeny candy cups without loosing the shape. Our collective brain power lead us to the mortar and pestle that was just perfectly the size of the bottom of the cup.  So we smushed some crust in the bottoms of the cups, topped them off with the cheesecake mix, and popped them in the oven. We put them on a cookie sheet rather than a mini-muffin pan. I think the mini-muffin pan is key to them keeping their shape. Although i can’t be sure, because we did really fill the cookie sheet, so it’s possible they could have kept their shape, if we’d left enough room between each cake.

So after a taste test… obviously. We found some things around the house to top the cakes off with. I had some cocoa powder, and some skor toffee pieces, and my mom whipped up some lemon topping from fresh lemons and boom:

We have to work on the toppings for the real deal, but I was really impressed with how easy and inexpensive the whole process was. For our actual wedding cheesecakes, we’ll use a gluten-free graham cracker crust, as we have some people with Celiac attending the wedding and we want to be sure everyone can partake! And they’ll be displayed on a cupcake tower that i’m borrowing from a friend. The top tier will be a carrot cake, at B’s request. And Chowhound highly recommends the carrot cake from Carole’s Cheesecake Company, and there’s one in Yorkville. So hopefully next week i can pop in after work one day and bring a slice home for Brent to critique – he’s quite particular about his carrot cake. And if Carole’s isn’t THE one, we can try a few others on the list too!
So there we go, cake = sorted!

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When it rains it pours..

So i have been one busy bee!

Here’s some things i’ve got done in the last week.

1. created on an online registry from the comfort of my couch using this fantastic, easy to use website: MyRegistry.com. It’s brilliant, you can put ANYTHING your heart desires on there, that is ANYWHERE on the internet. Boom. you can have it all! As a bride, it’s the simplest thing i’ve found as far as online registries go. I’m not sure how the user/guest will find it, but will post back, if i hear anything negative from the other side. I’ll go into more detail about this site later on.

2. Mini-cheesecake trial, completed. Success!
There will be cheesecakes at the wedding! Yay… again photos and instructions to follow…

3. Menu tasting with the Lakeview. One word. WOW… you guessed it more details later.

4. Dresses found and bought! My MOH and bridesmaid have both found their navy dresses, and will be both wearing really gorgeous sparkly gold shoes! Mission accomplished! There will be no more on this… that pretty much says it all! ha. My mom, my brother, and my Dad, all also got their outfits for the wedding! Yay! My dad and my bro are wearing full dress traditional kilts to the wedding, and i’m really stoked about that! And my mom bought a beautiful Jacques Vert outfit on sale for 50% off, and then further reduced by 30%! So if your mom is looking for something special for your wedding, i recommend popping into the Bay.

5. Wedding favours decided, and now i just need the packaging.

6. i also bought and ink pad and address labels for the invites… the address labels are by Martha Stewart, who, if you’ve been reading along expressly said you are not to type out the addresses on the envelopes, and yet, these labels come with an online template for PRINTING ADDRESSES!  they’re pretty and gold rimmed. How could i not buy them. Now i just need to source decent weight ivory envelopes and i’m prepared for envelope stuffing!

7. shower date picked!

I’d say that was a pretty productive week! i deserve a beer, I’ll jog it off later! For those that don’t know I’ve signed up to run a 5K in October just a month before the wedding, as a motivator to get in shape, since my gym membership is not being used, out of spite. Don’t get me started on the Fitness One in the Dufferin mall! So anyway, on top of all this wedding planning and summer funness, i’ve been getting up 3 days a week at 7:30 to go for a jog before work. I’m pretty impressed with myself!

Stay tuned for more details on all of the above!

 

David’s Bridal White by Vera Wang SALE

need i say more?!

Make an appointment now! the gowns are gorgeous, and pretty reasonably priced, considering they’re Vera. Plus, you’ll get to tell people you’re wearing Vera Wang. Which is awesome!

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The Internet Makes Me Happy

Ladies,

Today I have discovered so many awesome things on the internet. I’m always impressed with creative people.  And today, my mind is blown at some of these creative things i’ve found. Some i wish i had found earlier… like this Etsy Card Shop Sapling Press.
They have some brilliantly funny cards made for asking your friends to be your maid of honour (or in their case, honor. they’re american) or bridesmaid. I did the card thing, but my cards weren’t nearly as clever… mostly because i had to write them myself. but look at these:

 
Another thing i found on the internet today is this adorable Rice Krispie Treat wedding cake:

Can you say BUDGET FRIENDLY?!
And lastly, i found this Etsy shop called Liquid Courage, and you know those bridal party members in charge of speeches are gonna need a little of this…Anything on this page would make an adorable thank you gift for your bridal party, male or female. I’m considering a few of these for a groom’s gift! i think B would be really into this idea.. and i know some of my bridal party would appreciate it as well! I’m really digging these ones:

Paper Flowers – I’ve gone and done it!

Ladies,

I tried my hand at paper flowers last weekend. After a very sweaty walk to the Paper Place on Queen, and then a quick pop-in to the Dufferin Mall Dollarstore + Wal-Mart, I attempted to craft some paper flowers.

While at the Paper Place, i easily spent an hour looking at all the neat stuff they had in there… also cooling down, it was a billion degrees outside and i was in no hurry to head back out. I picked up a few bits and pieces, but most importantly i picked out some Japanese Watermark Tissue to be able to try my hand at these neat roses i saw on a vlog that the Paper Place had posted… for your viewing pleasure, here it is: Wedding Bells + The Paper Place Make Paper Roses.

Since i was in the crafting mood (the mood don’t last long) i thought i’d also give this little tutorial on paper roses a shot. For these i used pages from the billions of wedding magazines i’ve acqured over the last two years.

And friends. Here is the result. (you can see i gave up rather quickly.. this is what happens when drinking red wine while crafting… you get sleepy!)

I have a bit of a ways to go… but i think they look cute!

Know what else i did today?

I am just getting stuff accomplished today!

So i’m working with a designer to get my invites done, they’ll be approximately 4×6 in size, so i was combing the internet to see how much it would be to buy gold envelopes because i don’t think i’ll be able to get a true gold printed on my invites – at least not within my budget! So anyway. I found a bunch of places that have envelopes and 100 envelopes will cost somewhere around $50 including shipping. Maybe less. (i don’t NEED 100 envelopes, but i can only order multiples of 50, and i need more than 50).

Thinking of envelopes led me to remember that i’d recently emailed myself a link to this cute online store that makes stamps. Brilliant for cutting down the time it takes to address the invites and thank you cards!

So i’ve just ordered this adorable custom stamp from The Penny Paper Co. Best part, they’re local Torontonians!
Look how cute this is:

Getting Shiz Done!

Ladies.

I can cross one more thing off my list! I have officially booked my Officiant! Yay!
I did a bit of research before i booked. Because i could not believe how pricey it was for someone to speak for about 15-20 mins to make it all official, official. I know the job isn’t hard, because I’VE DONE IT. it’s true i ‘officiated’ at a wedding a couple of years ago. There was still a paid officiant on site who said a few words, but i did most of the work.

So here’s what i found out. To book a city hall officiant to do an off-site wedding in the Toronto area is it $373.40. There is a deposit of $203.40. And you book it over the phone and they assign you an officiant who you meet about a month before the wedding to chat about your vision for the ceremony. At this meeting you also pay the dude the balance of the cost $170.

I also looked into Enduring Promises. I just wasn’t in love with how they worked. So they were $295 + HST so $333.35 and the deposit is about $166 if i did the math right. And you’re thinking DEAL. But here’s the catch. You meet your officiant BEFORE you book, and then you don’t see them again till 20 mins before your ceremony. If you want to have another meeting with them, it’s another $100 + HST. And since the chances of you knowing how your ceremony is going to play out a year or in my case 5 months before the wedding, are pretty slim so you’ll need that second meeting. So it’s actually more expensive.

And finally i looked into All Season Weddings. This is the company my friend in Ottawa used to book their officiant. They are $384.70. There is a deposit of $214.70, and you pay the balance of $170 to the officiant at your meeting about a month before the wedding. What’s great about their website is, they list all the officiants that preform ceremonies in the Toronto area, and they each have a bio, testimonials, and some even have a video! So i scrolled through the list of officiants and read the bios and sent a selection of names and All Season Weddings contacted my first choice for me, to confirm their availability. When they heard back they sent me a note with the officiants contact info so i can be in touch via email or telephone before confirming my booking. So i sent the dude a note to give him an idea about what we’re like and what we’re hoping for from our ceremony. After i heard back from him and got a good vibe i called the office and put down my deposit. Boom. Officiant booked! AND i still get an in person meeting one month before the wedding to go over the plans for the ceremony – all included in the initial price!

I feel so accomplished now. I’m just waiting on two more food quotes and i should be able to make a decision about that next week. Things are starting to come together!